By Melony Roberts [email protected]
The benefit of buying brown ambulance units is becoming evident in more ways than one.
Members of the Barry-Lawrence County Ambulance District Board have advocated the purchase of Braun units for several years, citing the safety features of the manufacturer’s solid-body module construction compared to other brands that simply weld the module skin to an aluminum frame. Now, the district has
Now, the district has approved a 2019 chassis, #418, to replace one of the modules at a cost of $152,376.
“By having Pinnacle [Emergency Vehicles] Remount, we get a 20-year warranty on the box,” said David Compton, board member. “The cost of a remount is about half the cost of a new ambulance.”
New units can run from $238,000 to $240,000, depending on the district’s fleet.
The box is transferred to a 2023 Ford F450 4×4 chassis with a new liquid spring suspension system, updated roller assembly on the door and dual air horn system, new running board lights, grill lights, zone defense camera system. , new fenders around the rear wheel well openings, new soundproof polyurethane floor covering, new heat and air conditioning systems and new gas shocks. Remount involves removing the old graphics on the outside of the module and touching up the paint work if necessary. Then, the unit gets buffed to a higher gloss and a new graphics package is applied.
The unit is expected to be completed 60 to 90 days after the chassis arrives.
Board members agreed to go ahead and place the order in an effort to streamline the timeline for delivery.
Board members addressed employee requests to attend the 2022 EMS Missouri Conference and Expo in July, with three respondents approving attendance. The cost for three to attend the three-day conference is $1,125, with an additional $1,341 for lodging. Event participants will attend a variety of breakout sessions, earning continuing education credits, covering areas of clinical, instructional, nursing, critical care, management and more. Some of the sessions expressed interest in attending included medical and regulatory issues, losing one of our own (duty and non-duty), organized chaos (triage for small scale incidents), not for human use (various street drugs, community and appropriate interventions), resuscitation of the critically ill, millennial workforce. Management, lifestyle medicine in emergencies and ATV trauma class.
Employees requested to attend EMS World Expo 2022 will be accommodated for the event at a cost of $958 and $1,760 fr lodging for two delegates for $968, Orlando, Fla., and two round trip flights for $47.44 for Uber transportation. Return to hotel and airport. The total cost for two people to attend the event was $4,093.84.
This event fulfills the continuing education unit requirement for both instructors of the year.
In other business, board members discussed Monette Police Chief George Dowd’s request that responders draw blood on intoxicated inmates for analysis and possible court hearings.
“I wish we hadn’t defaulted,” Compton said. “We should be the exception when they can’t get a sample for other reasons.”
He suggested that the police department send a representative to train in phlebotomy and have a paramedic assist the department. [police] Staff are trained.
“That way, they chain of custody is maintained by the police department and our methods or protocols are not challenged by the courts,” he said.
The Ambulance District offers training to local firefighters, police officers and other first responders to certify them as emergency medical technicians. However, instructors are becoming increasingly frustrated with students who take two or three classes before dropping the course.
“Heads who send their people to class are responsible for reimbursement of books, materials, shirts and other expenses if their representative drops out, $350 for in-district students and $700 for out-of-district students.
“The chief has a good idea of who is going to complete the course,” Compton said. “I think it’s good that departments are on the hook for those who drop out prematurely. The boss is then responsible for getting reimbursement from his employee.
The program was established to certify and train more individuals to respond to emergencies.
“It has a high impact and allows the ambulance district to give back to the community,” Compton said.
The district received $172,000 in provider compensation funds from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) through the Department of Health and Human Resources. Board members chose to allow employees to present a “wish list” on how to use the funds. Guidelines on the fund say it can be spent on health care-related expenses attributable to the coronavirus. This includes ventilators, HVAC systems, advanced filtration for infection control or lab and radiology diagnostic equipment. Board members will be updated on the equipment wish list in July.